N2.5billion fraud: Lai Mohammed begs presidency officials to stop ICPC probe


Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has been using top Presidency
officials to have the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC,
discontinue the investigation of a N2.5billion fraud rocking the National
Broadcasting Commission, NBC.

Mohammed whose Ministry supervises the NBC was linked to the fraud as
officials of the ICPC traced part payment of the N2.5billion Digital
Switch Over money to his personal account.

Sources told that since the ICPC started investigating
the fraudulent deal, the Information Minister who is directly linked to
the scam alongside the Director General of NBC, Kawu Modibbo, have been
piling pressure on the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari,
to halt the probe.

Lai Mohammed will soon be charged along with Kawu Modibo, as ICPC traces
part payment of 2.5 Billion Naira Digital Switch over money to Kawu Modibo
and Lai Mohammed.

“Yes I can confirm that while over N1billion was traced to the account of
the Minister and some of his relatives, we have received several calls
from some persons asking us to halt the probe,” an official of the ICPC
told on condition of anonymity.

According to the ICPC official, Mohammed used his account and that of his
relations to deposit part of the N2.5billion.

“His relations have been invited for questioning and they would be charged
to court,” the ICPC source hinted.

It will be recalled that federal Government of Nigeria in January of 2019,
filed charges against NBC DG, Kawu Modibbo for fraud.

The ICPC official also disclosed that Lai Mohammed is currently using
every possible means to evade arrest besides using Presidency officials to
halt the probe.

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